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2012-04-23 11:46

LOSING ITS TOP: Another Volkswagen Beetle concept has been unveiled at the 2012 Beijing auto show.


The headline act at Volkswagen’s Auto China stand is the latest version of a two-seater Beetle concept called the E-Bugster - yes, it's battery-powered..

The headline act at Volkswagen’s Auto China stand is the two-seater Beetle concept called the E-Bugster.

VW E-Bugster image gallery

The latest concept follows on from the E-Bugster shown in January at the 2012 Detroit auto show but adds a folding canvas roof. As with the earlier concept, this E-Bugster is also battery-powered.

Its lithium-ion battery pack weighs 80kg but dispatches 85kW and allows for a claimed range of at least 180km around a city.


The battery pack has a quick-charge function that allows the batteries to be “refuelled” within 35 minutes at special charging stations.

Also on show at the Beijing show are a new Lavida (an A-segment sedan only sold in China), the diesel Cross Coupé concept, a Phaeton concept finished in exclusive Poltrona Frau (an Italian design centre) leather and a new 184kW/310Nm three-litre V6 for the CC (also not for South Africa).

The Auto China show is on in Beijing from April 23 to May 2, 2012.

The latest "new" Beetle will be launched in South Africa towards the end of the third quarter, 2012.

For more on the 2012 Beijing auto show, click here.

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